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Grateful Dead Live at Tampa Stadium on 1995-04-07


Topics Live concert


Jack Straw, Peggy-O, Little Red Rooster, Loose Lucy, When I Paint My Masterpiece*, Visions Of Johanna, Promised Land Eyes Of The World-> Saint Of Circumstance, Samba In The Rain, Unbroken Chain, Corinna, Drums-> Space-> Easy Answers, The Days Between, Not Fade Away, E: U.S. Blues


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Tampa Stadium
Location Tampa, FL

Source Source unknown - suspect SBD> ?> CDR> EAC> SHN

Notes

Source unknown - suspect SBD> ?> CDR> EAC> SHN; ? Likely mCass; via JT James

Reviews

Reviewer: glynspsa - - January 31, 2015
Subject: Not very good
Corrina drums space easy answers what did those in attendance do to deserve that. At least this unbroken may be the best of the 1995 versions other than the one Hornsby carries in Charlotte. I love the boys and Jerry was sick and had carpal tunnel. The show has its moments, but its not great. The visions of Johanna is sweet like always. FYI Drums space is not 35 minutes the tracks above are mislabeled and the drums contains both the drums and space segments.
Reviewer: Just one more time - - April 11, 2014
Subject: First, Last & Only Show
Yes it is what the title says it is. I was 24 years old and recently separated from my wife of a whole 3 years for about 4 months before the show. She moved to Hawaii with my 2 yr old son. When she left my life went into party mode all of a sudden. Drinking, pot parties etc etc. Stuff I could not do while married to her as she was quite a prude when it came to pot.

Okay so now onto my ONE and ONLY Grateful Dead show.

A buddy of mine says to me one day. Hey man I have an extra ticket to the Grateful Dead show coming up in a couple of weeks do you wanna buy it off me? I thought for a second or two about it because I had never been to a Dead show before, nor did I EVEN know their history outside of Touch of Grey because of the main stream crap. BUT since many of my friend's seemed to have already had tickets to the show I said WTF I'll give it a go. Hear a little Touch of Gray, why not? HA! no one told me what to expect going into THAT parking lot. None of my friends. They left me in the dark to the whole scene. I got lost on the way to the farm, someone gave me bad directions and I even live in the same county as the farm to begin with. I know it was a sad night the night before the show missing out on the farm. I heard a lot of good stories from friends that made it there.

Okay back to the parking lot scene the day of the show. We arrive about from what I remember 6 hours before the show. I thought this as odd to begin with as I had never done stuff like that for a concert before.

I was already dosed about an hour before arriving at the lot. I'm sitting on the back of my friend's tailgate for a bit taking in the scene with the guys that I got a ride there with. Then all of a sudden,they all decide to split and go there separate ways. So I just froze on the back of the tailgate for about an hour and a half. I was terrified at first. It was a terrible trip. Then all of a sudden for some reason I realized everyone was just there to party and I got into the scene in a big way. I jumped off the tailgate to go out and explore the lot myself unafraid at all these strange people that seemed to not fit into regular society.
I got to hang out at the drum circle for about an hour or maybe more I don't know I was fascinated though. Did a few of those nitrous balloons on the way back to the truck. That was the first time in my life I ever did anything like that. I lived a sheltered life, okay. Wow what an experience. I was taking the entire scene in like a sponge and loving it. One of the greatest days I've ever had in my life.

So I'm trying to make my way back to the truck hoping to meet up with some of my friends to tell them all the things I just saw and what I just did. All in this blur of tye dye and hippie music blaring all around me.
What an experience!

I finally make my way back and eventually we all head off to the show. My buddy kept asking me the night before and on the way into the Stadium this same question. "Hey man are you going to dance dude?" I never knew why I would dance a rock concert so I dismissed him every time he said it. Thinking whatever dude your effed up.

The Black Crowes were alright, atleast I knew more of their tunes than the Grateful Dead's.
It was too hot of a twilight though very steamy humid night.

Did anyone else see the skeleton clouds hanging over Tampa Stadium that night? I sure did it was there all friggin night.

The Dead take the stage and by about the 3rd tune or so I just got up and started dancing like a dancing fool. I embraced and soaked it up like a sponge. What a beautiful sound that was coming from that stage. I had never heard anything like that before in my life. My friends got a kick out of me jamming away the stuff. Loving it!

So to FINALLY end this long story(there was much more than all this, but hey this is getting long). I walked out of Tampa Stadium in my Stella Blue Green and blue tye dyed t-shirt a totally devoted Dead head.

Woke up the next afternoon and went to the music store to look for Dead CD's. I had a chance to go to the Missouri show, and drove all the way there from Florida too, but that is another story on that show's thread of why I never got to go to another show again.

Oh how I wished I could have went to so many more shows. I wish I would have found them earlier in my life before Jerry passed away. I envy the masses that have seen so many shows. You should feel lucky as hell. Every once and awhile I play some Dead songs and think how lucky I was to have experienced it atleast once. I also think how great it would have been to have experienced it Just One More Time.
Reviewer: Satori70 - - April 7, 2013
Subject: My last show
A hopeful candle lingers ~Jerry gave it his all. The beauty he shared with us that night on Days, only upon hearing it now, 18 years later, is to me Fully appreciated. At the time I would have rated this show a 2, just for being young and stupid. Hearing Days now flubs and all, turned a 3*** night to 4 ! Really ! One of his last collaborations with Hunter shimmers here. How about that Unbroken, or Visions ? Tasty treats, and a sweet end to that final spring tour !
NFA wow, it still gives me chills to remember that day. Such trouble to get to a local show in my own backyard. Not since they had played St. Pete in '88 {my 1st show} had the boys visited the other bay. I want to go on record here for the 1st time and admit I walked out on the encore of this show. Being there so early to see the Crowes, I remember feeling spiritually drained. Jerry felt so tired, lackluster at the time. Zero energy! Spent. I almost knew inside it was the end, feeling it, the dark and light, but not wanting to let go at the same time, selfishly. Knowing it could not continue as it was, but I envision now what a break and recharging of the batteries could have done, but sadly, it was not to be. So many depended on them it was almost unthinkable, or at least unspeakable. A sign of weakness? Defeat? After this the news was marred with a new generation of violence, and some of the worst. No longer prankster, but mean spirited. Deer Creek, the porch collapse deaths, and maybe partly for fear of not wanting to get gassed again like the spring before in Orlando, we walked out.
2stars for this show is a bit harsh and deserves balance. Some of my 5***** are for being there my final time, the quality preservation, and beauty. Thank you


Savor every moment
Reviewer: Darrylizer - - February 2, 2013
Subject: Awful
I give this two stars just because Jerry managed to almost correctly play the opening rhythm to Eyes Of The World. If this is the best version from '95, wow I'd hate to hear the worst. Samba is unbelievable shite as is most of this show. Usually if Jer was off the other guys would support him, unfortunately Jerry drags the band down to his moribund level. Unless you were at this show I'd avoid it. I'm going back to '89. Actually two stars is one too many.
Reviewer: is this legal? - - January 12, 2013
Subject: Looking Back.
I posted my first of this show in 2009. I recently re-found it and read several others about this show & have a few comments I would like to make:

It is very unfortunate that this was my only show. It is unfortunate that I did not have the ability or, for that matter, life to have experience more than this.

But, as it relates to the negative opinions expressed, I would like to remind those that regardless of whether or not it was a person's first, who knows how many, or last show--The Greatful Dead (all of its members) has touched our lives.

While some of us might not have known the differences in the shows, it is clear that every show has affected each life in a way that we could never forget. Whether that was selling fajita's & cold drinks, to camping out in whatever national forest was closest, or making friends on the lot in whatever city--I (and hopefully we) learned what it meant to feel surrounded by Family & those who love what it meant to be family.

Whatever your memory is, cherish it-because as The Great Troubadour sang:

"If my words did glow with the gold of sunshine
And my tunes were played on the harp unstrung,
Would you hear my voice come thru the music,
Would you hold it near as it were your own?

It's a hand-me-down, the thoughts are broken,
Perhaps they're better left unsung.
I don't know, don't really care
Let there be songs to fill the air.

Ripple in still water,
When there is no pebble tossed,
Nor wind to blow.

Reach out your hand if your cup be empty,
If your cup is full may it be again,
Let it be known there is a fountain,
That was not made by the hands of men.

There is a road, no simple highway,
Between the dawn and the dark of night,
And if you go no one may follow,
That path is for your steps alone.

Ripple in still water,
When there is no pebble tossed,
Nor wind to blow.

You who choose to lead must follow
But if you fall you fall alone,
If you should stand then whos to guide you?
If I knew the way I would take you home.

La dee da da da, la da da da da, da da da, da da, da da da da da
La da da da, la da da, da da, la da da da, la da, da da."

Ripple.

Blessed Be--Moon Child.
Reviewer: smokingcratersofthemind - - August 30, 2012
Subject: Jerry's shimmering
I don't know how much my two cents helps here but I have to say that in the trailing of dusk in the shimmering of dawn aborn there's a lot of beauty unseen by daytime eyes. Many of you look to where the beauty is not - in front of you - and it's actually sad because I can almost feel Bobby moving through Jerry's melody like a limp cloud struggling o'er the horizon let is paint its colors upon you all. Be awash in the goodness of the sound; there's no better time than the one that's now; 'and remember- that the only time is now'
Reviewer: darkstarcrashes_79 - - August 29, 2012
Subject: sorry to hear about your bro but
this show and in fact whole year sucked Visions is the only thing even decent enough to listen to The Eyes is terrible possibly the worst i've heard and you can tell theres no kick left in the boys when they gotta play Space and Drums for 35:00+ to kill time and don't know about anyone else but i can't watch anything with my ears i saw 3 shows after 93 and didn't care for an y of them but was lucky to see em 79 thru spring tour 93 over 250 x really unless these shows hold a sentimental value for you or you want to hear a great band at their lowest creative point stay away good recording though 5 for it show 2 only cuz i won't go any lower for the band i loved and still do
Reviewer: HarrisonZ - - August 28, 2012
Subject: THANK YOU FOR THIS!!!
I can not stress enough thanks for making this available. This was my second Dead show and last show with my brother Cap. Sadly, he passed away one year after this. This is one of my most favorite memories I have with him. Just him and I. Looking up into the sky during Drums and seeing the Skeleton in the sky was amazing. I haven't been able to find this until now. I cried the minute I played Not Fade Away. Some people don't know what a "terrible show" means to someone else. It may sound bad to you, but it was one of the greatest nights of my life! I miss you Cap. At least you're hearing Jerry, Brent, PigPen, and everyone jam up there in Heaven.
Reviewer: bigworm187 - - August 2, 2012
Subject: don't know what you were watching!!
I was at that show. They were on all night. Jerry singing over bobby in Jack Straw. Jerrys guitar was singing and the sky made a brillant back drop. I don't know what show those of you who put it down were watching, but it wasn't this show!!! You should have paid alittle attention!!!
Reviewer: ero3030 - - October 30, 2011
Subject: just happy to hear
bobby filled in for jerry all year. even the teleprompter was'nt helping. but always good to hear/see the boys no matter what
Reviewer: takealittletrip - - August 29, 2011
Subject: Dull and boring
I was at this show and I listened to this show two times.
The worst and most un-inspired show I ever saw or listened to.
This show was a add on for the last night of spring tour. They should have left it alone.
I walked out knowing it was all comming to an end soon.
I went to RFK in the summer and it was slightly better and you can sure tell Jerry was on the junk with his apperance and his playing.
God Bless the Greatful Dead, but not on this night in Tampa.
Reviewer: aadelma@yahoo.com - - April 7, 2011
Subject: Weak
Not the worst show I've ever heard, but the best moments are only mediocre at best. Jerry sounds like he's MIA most of the time, which was common at that time. The other guys do a pretty good job of picking up the slack when he wanders.
Reviewer: eliijah - - November 21, 2009
Subject: Mr, Crap
I do not understand how you can give an opinion or write a review on a show you did not attend.
You think the 100 shows under your belt makes you have better insight into ones personal experience.
With that said it only makes me think you have know idea what you are talking about...
Reviewer: garquia - - November 21, 2009
Subject: Crap
This is junk, I love the Dead 100 shows under my belt, but this is terrible. This just confirms why I never would see a 95 show. I dont understand how any of you can give this 5 stars. I suspect that you never saw the dead before 1991. Do yourself a favor and listen to something from say 87-91. This is so hard to listen to, Jerry was in such bad shape!!

5 stars are you frickin kidding me!!
Reviewer: Robin Mast3rs - - September 28, 2009
Subject: My last show...:(
This was my last GD show w/ Jerry. It just happened to be the best tickets that I ever got. 7th row in front of Jerry. Hard to believe it was over 14 yrs. ago. I remember dancing my ass off the entire show and a rockin version of 'Eyes' and 'Corrina'. Listening to it now only confirms it. All-around great time! Cops shut down the farm or whatever the hell it was we were stayin at when we tried to return after the show. Ended up at some hotel off the highway with a bunch of others. Those were the days.....;)
Reviewer: walstib62 - - June 15, 2009
Subject: My last GD show
This was my last GD show. It was agreed among my group of friends that there was a strange sort of "disconnected" feeling about this show. It certainly lacked any sort of intamcy, being in the big "sombrero".
BTW-this is almost certainly an audience recording. I recorded this show myself and this pull sounds nearly identical to mine. THere was a "repeater" PA immediately behind the soundboard at about 9' off the grass. My buddy Scott aimed his Neumann Stereo mic right into the PA. This was a better sound than the FOB locations, IMO.
Reviewer: SOTM - - November 19, 2008
Subject: This Would Be the Last Time ... for me
I have such fond memories of this show. First off, all the sevens were aligned for me - it was my seventh show, on April 7, and I was in the seventh row. Seat 7. That was crazy enough. Second of all, I had just broken up with my crazy-ass, cheating girlfriend – “oooooo, freedom!” But the outdoor venue, the gaggle of like-minded friends, and the wonderful moon overhead all combined for a truly glorious evening.

But what of the show? We tend to mentally add to the grandeur of things remembered, but I was happy to hear this again and realize that it actually was a well-played show. A strong Jack opener, followed by a sweet Peggy-O. Jerry must have had tales of women that done wronged him on his mind for the first set – pretty Peggy-O, Loose Lucy, and Johanna all left him sad and soulful, and left me pretty wowed. Especially with the hot Visions of Johanna – loved it. Meanwhile, Bob had us howling at the moon on Rooster, and Masterpiece was well-played, even if it was standard. But the second set really took a turn into Trippy Town. I don’t know if the negative reviewers were listening to the same music, but I loved the strange territory in Eyes, the rollicking yet bendy Saint, the Pandora’s box of sound effects springing from Unbroken Chain, a trippily-jammed out Corrina (yes, Corrina, never thought I would get excited about that song). and the far-out Drumz/Space. And then the Days Between … it was searing – got to give the old man his due. He left us in tears, as his power ballad Jerry sign-offs always did. Then we all partied appropriately to the NFA and US Blues – great energetic end to the show.

Yes, the crowd could have been a bit kinder and less real-world. And I always hated Cheesy Answers – coming out of space, it was like being slapped awake by a hooting frat boy. And Samba in the Pain was a real mood-killer. But you gotta take the good with the bad, and as I remembered, this show had sooooo much more good than bad. Nicely done, boys. I miss you.
Reviewer: Box Burner - - November 19, 2008
Subject: JShields: "...who told Weir he could play slide?"
Just in case you hadn't noticed, no-one in this band plays their instruments like anybody outside of the band. Jerry plays lead guitar in a style all his own. Phil plays lead bass. Billy and Micky lay down drums that are actually worth listening to on their own. The drum segment is not just some fool proving he can hit all the drums at 4000 time a minute, it is thoughtful and passionate. Each of the keyboard players added heir own magic to the mix. Bobby plays lead rythem guitar. Did you expect his slide guitar to sound like someone else? His slide playing is really fine IMHO.

Bill Graham said it best: "It's not that they are the best at what they do... they are the only ones that do what they do."
Reviewer: TM1 - - October 27, 2008
Subject: End of the road
I was there, I danced
It was better then the majority of spring we saw by far
I agree with ALL the posts here, dark and light, but that was the way right ?
My last show, my first Visions and Chain - 4 stars
Jerry sounds much better then he would in the upcoming summer tour
Reviewer: fiveandgrace - - September 13, 2008
Subject: So I Take The Greyhound To Tampa
Another insane story in and of itself. Hit the lot 2 discover I left my ticket back at the hoti on some island. Hitch a ride 2 and fro by simply producing some decent to kind construction workers. On my return, ended up seeing some folks from high school. The last people I'd imagine 2 see. Crowes were good and fun. Got kicked around till finally going 2 my seats and seeing some girls from the greyhound. Small world. The show speaks 4 itself un4tunately. Days Between was decent. Thankfully caught up w/ some people from earlier in the tour 2 get back 2 Philly sans the Greyhound.
Reviewer: Still Bill - - September 3, 2008
Subject: I was at this show - Front Row!
I got six front row mail order tickets for this show. I know my recently-deceased friend, Paul, had something to do with that. Anyhow, to make a long story short, I experienced probably the single most happy momment of my life on this night. While grooving in the front row, they put parking lot video of My Bus (the one that says ZAPPA LIVES!) on the screen behind the band. It was larger than life. They zoomed in on the ZAPPA Lives! part while chanting "Not Fade Away"! Paul was smiling down on us, and I levitated two feet in the air and danced sideways a few times before touching the ground again.

IF ANYONE HAS VIDEO OF THIS SHOW, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!!!! CALL ME AT 352--372--1135.
Reviewer: Homer JAY Simpson - - October 30, 2007
Subject: Mind Left Body jam?
i just DL'd the Black Crowe's set [SBD], probably one of the best opening sets (at least out of the shows i attended).

i know there's a lot of Corrina-haters out there but pretty pls w/ sugar on top give a listen to the outro jam; it's like the sad last wailing notes of a dying man and it'll bring a tear to the eye.

i was there, tripping balls, so of course it seemed 20x better than it probably really was but this actually sounds pretty good! and no i'm not on acid.
Reviewer: dirty sancho - - October 19, 2007
Subject: Crowes opened up hot!
Great sbd from '95. Average show w/ many new songs, but played well. I have the cd from the Black Crowes opening up. I was off the bus by this tour, too many rats.
Reviewer: Alex, Geddy, Neil, Jerry, Bobby, Phil, Brent, Mickey, Billy - - October 10, 2007
Subject: "Cha-Ching! Who's Your Buddy?!"
didn't know at the time this would be the last show for me :-(

car broke down (in the middle of rural NC) on the way to the VT show several weeks later... never made it to VT; should've known.

this was the only post-Brent era Dead show i ever saw (didn't really listen to much/any shows after that, sorry, but Hornsby on keys depressed me.) i know some people swear by Hornsby but you can have him.

did anybody else kick it at The Farm (Land O' Lakes, Pasco County?)

great scene, acres upon acres... we drove through the night from Broward and arrived early early early a.m. the day of the show -- and The Farm was already packed!! one of the best pre-show experiences, ever...

Black Crowes opening! such a bonus... (who has the tape of that set?)
Pimper's Paradise?!

by choice, i hadn't been exposed to any new(er) Dead songs post-Built To Last and was pleasantly surprised with Samba, Corrina, Easy Answers -- good shit! others in attendance seemed 'eh' at these songs but they were new to me!! was told by a new friend that night that Tampa's versions of the aforementioned songs were among the Dead's best...

i know they had already played Unbroken Chain earlier in the tour, but this was pre-internet setlist spoiler for me so it may as well have been the first time! unfortunately, it doesn't sound nearly as good on this stream as it did live (real good acid?).

not sure what the rest of spring '95 was sounding like (thanks to the archive i'll get there someday!) but this is among the best post-Brent gratefuls i have heard.

a fond farewell; i'm more than ok with Tampa being the last show i caught.

Jeremy Ley, if you're out there somewhere, drop me a line!!! who's your buddy?

onthegoodcoast@hotmail.com

****
Reviewer: Sugar23ee - - September 16, 2007
Subject: for morning dew71
Hey, I listened to this show, wasn't there however know exactly how you felt. Thanks for the kudos Boston garden review. My last, June 1995 Giants Stadium. I here you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! oops!!!! I meant Soldier Field. (Amended comment) Wow!!! Funkalicious, I don't know how I missed it, but when I checked it out I couldn't believe what I was reading. I just happen to be one of those f***ing "old people" and I found the comment insulting on many levels. The Grateful Dead were more than a band, and age has very little to do with it. You either get it or you don't. he doesn't
Reviewer: Funkalicious - - September 15, 2007
Subject: Youth gone missing
I know I should be reviewing the music but I must vent. If you want to know what ended our glorious scene please read the review of outkast. What a misguided little soul. What a shame! Another wannabee polluting the family circle. As for the show, don't bother with this one.
Reviewer: morning dew 71 - - September 10, 2007
Subject: UNBROKEN CHAIN, the end days
My brother turned me on to the dead way back. I attended my first show and last show with him. This was the last one. In between I saw 50 as a regular head and worked over 50 as an employee for Bill Graham setting up Jerry and the boys' dressing rooms. By this time I was a concert promoter in Gainesville. My partners and I actually put in a bid on this show which would have taken place at the Alachua County Fairgrounds outside of Gainesville. The band was really kind to us in working with our offer, but politics with other promoters, venue capacity, etcetera were issues that ultimately landed the Tampa Stadium gig.

It was a bitter sweet show for me. In general I agree with the earlier posters that it had a dark and ominous vibe to it. Cops were really out of control, attendees seemed more like sports fans at a NASCAR rally. Odd, a very odd night. I swear it seemed like Jerry wasn't even at this show. I mean I saw him, I heard him, here's the recording to prove it, but really... I don't think his spirit ever left Alabama.

I felt sad after this show. It was my girlfriend-at-the-time's first show and when we were on our way out, I apologized to her. I said, "I don't really know what just happened, but I wouldn't classify that as a Dead show. You really should of came to Birmingham with me."

Highlights:
"Visions" (pretty sweet version here -Jerry is in his own world here but takes us with him for this number),
"Eyes" (i think the only time the rest of the band followed Jerry into whatever netherworld his soul was hiding in),
"Unbroken" (okay this one deserves more 'splainin'
...flashing back to my parking lot days for a moment: there were always rumors that if the Dead ever broke into "Unbroken Chain", then that was going to be the end days for the band (final shows, etc)... heads were always spreading weird ass rumors like this. how cosmically ironic that it went down like that for me. not an outstanding version by any means, but it was cool to hear it, ominous though.)
"Days Between" (Sweet as hell in a what-fucking-universe-has-Garcia-been-abducted-to kind of way.)
"U.S. Blues" (just a great final tune for me, thanks for the memories boys!)

Low points:
Black Crowes opening. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE THE BLACK CROWES, but seriously, it was just too much.
out-of-control cops and too many fake heads at this show. I mean it felt like Jerry wasn't the only one missing-in-action. I had difficulty finding any real Deadheads at this show (a crowd of 80,000).
"Samba in the Rain" ... wtf?!? C'mon boys, what were you thinking?!?

3 stars because that show was just plain fucking weird. Coincidently a lot like my first show, the dead-in-a-bubble-effect I call it.
Reviewer: carrie ann - - July 13, 2007
Subject: just droppin some comments....
was doing some searching for a definite date of the concert, came across this archive... wanted to leave my pennies here.. dont hate for my age (please..) i cant comment on any past concerts or how this one rated to any other (i know i had a heck an air buzz..best i could do, i was 4 months pregnant and i ..um.. dont partake, military at the time also..) back to my point, loved the music, grew up with it.. visiting in tampa, got the news that day that the concert was going on and by far, this was the best opportunity to mark up the dead as my first concert event when i was 20 (unlike most people my age saying that someone like new kids on the block or mc hammer was their first concert! ha ha ha!) im a memorabilia freak also. I purchased two of those posable bears (bear with me, i think they are called rashiki bears with the dread locks) and ive had them in my closet since.. I wish i wouldve been able to see them in their prime(....er) and i cant say ive ever seen more fun in a parking lot.... i only know one person that wouldve had more fun that me, and thats my mom!... been back to tampa right after too and the sombrero stadium is gone too (best since that teen fell off the top of it the night of that concert too!!)

thanks for the memory!
carrie
Reviewer: Casey52199 - - January 1, 2007
Subject: My Birthday and last show
This was mas my last show also on my birthday while I was going to school in Orlando. Was a good show as far as I can remember. But all I really remember was being Paranoid as I am schizophrenic and my friend was trying to get everyone to sing me Happy Birthday. Plenty of W**d and the like help me as well. Hope you all miss the dead as much as I remmeber them. Please send me an email @ casey52199@yahoo.com
Reviewer: EdgeHead - - September 7, 2006
Subject: our final show
This was the last show my (now) wife and I saw. We were the 3rd row and it was crazy since there were almost 80K people there. Jerry came out struggled with J Straw and when the song ended his arms fell to his side like big sausages and he just stared out at the crowd. It broke my heart. There were some good moments but overall we were really let down. His solo in Samba is beyond bad. One thing i remember distinctly is that the Black Crows looked like they were tripping out of there minds and a little freaked out. I also recall Vince 'sneaking' puffs on his cigs while blowing his nose all night, he looked sick. The whole place did go ape-shit when UC started, but Jerry's solo was not there. All in all, I miss the Grateful Dead. I really do.
Reviewer: tbrad - - August 2, 2006
Subject: My last as well
One of my favorite locales however.
Main thing I remember is the hot chicks from JU sittin in front of us, sm****n all our w**d.
And in case your readin this girls, I really was a junior at UF, graduated class of '96. Make lots of money now. Now don't you wish you had....
The Black Crows really brought the house down with a 27 minute version of Marley's 'Comin in from the cold.' They sounded so much like the Allman Bros (whom I had just seen at the UF bandshell a few months before) it was scary.
There was a long break after the opener (where's Jerry? I dunno, I saw him earlier this afternoon...)
just as the last ray of the sun was swallowed up in the bay and the moon shoan down in it's full brilliance in a black cloudless sky...."We can share, the women, we can share the wi-hi-i-i-ian".
Everyone dismisses the '95 shows, and they were rough, in more ways than one, but...
It was a great memory.
A most touching rendition of Days Between - you could see in his eyes that Jerry knew he was just about through.
Masterpiece and Visions meant more coming from the dead than they ever did from Dylan. Saint still does for me every time and it was really nice being in the Phil zone for Unbroken Chain.
US Blues - the standard encore.
It was all-too short.
It was ALL too short.
It's been too long.........
Reviewer: TampaDeadHead - - April 19, 2006
Subject: Great Eyes
I've heard all of the Eyes from 95 and this one is by far the best one from that year, other than that not to great of a show,I actualy went to this one cause I live in Tampa.
Reviewer: Trannyman - - March 9, 2006
Subject: Good Sound, rough show
I'ma big 95 fan, but this one, along with Vegas 5/22 is the bottom. A tough listen, despite excellent sound.

The boys came back nicely at Shoreline though in June and basically played a solid summer tour. Certainly far better than these very rough May 95 shows.

2 stars for the pristine soundboard.
Reviewer: fathertoad - - March 3, 2006
Subject: good cause i made it to this one
and was suprised of the quality of the sound.i remember the cops billy clubbing the dranos with no tickets into the darkness . good ole red neck south .
far cry from the long jams that would put me in a dance trance like sandstone and the three days at deer creek of 1990 before brents death where there was still love at the venues and campgrounds.
south venues just were generaly lame and dangerous . weast cost shows were the rage.the love slowly got lost as you traveled through the midwest, north, east and down to the south.
you never fully appreciate the music until you hear a live tape of a show you were at and then the flashback would take you there and you could't wait to get back on tour.i would have sold my mom to tour more and some people i meet did.a lot of college student loans were used for this kind of hobo junction learnig experience.
Reviewer: Frankeis42 - - January 21, 2006
Subject: My Last show
Everybody can say what they want (of course), but it was my last show and for know other reason it will always hold a special place in my heart. Unlike Jerome, I had just kicked a heroin/cocaine habit and thaks to the wharf Rats It was my first show clean & Sober. At that show though, I finaly realized that my time was up. Maybe it was my age but I felt like an "outkast" but will be 4ever "GREATFUL" that I got to tour heavily from 78 until 1990. The attitude of the folks at all the shows around the country just seemed to be changing. Peace to all -Frank The Hippy
Reviewer: MCSZ - - December 21, 2005
Subject: 2 Stars
Reviewer: dmilks - - November 17, 2005
Subject: 4/7/95
hey outkast,
take a sedative. let people think what they want. you do the same. A word to the wise, if you aren't so confrontational, I bet a lot less people would disagree with your opinions. I.E. telling people to "Fuck Off" isn't gonna help your cause. Food for thought.

Feel lucky you caught a Visions, b/c you are. I attended almost 100 shows from 87-95, and never saw one.

P.S. - It's spelled Grateful, not Greatful.
Reviewer: Jose Gaspar - - November 8, 2005
Subject: Hey, Guys, Lighten Up
This was a typical Dead concert. The vocals range from barely tolerable to absolutely awful--as always. The hour-long overindulgence that is Corrina > Drums > Space has been a hallmark since the Winterland days. Garcia's playing fewer notes, and they're further down the neck of his instrument, than in the 1970s, but they're still uniquely his. The entire group is as tight as ever.

This was not an off-key Styx nostalgia tour for rent money. Nor was it an "old rockers never die" stint in the mold of the Stones' endless Steel Wheelchair and Prostate Survivor tours. This simply was the best live band of two generations doing what it always had done best--something different. The common denominator of Dead shows is the absence of one. Every show--good, bad, unremarkable, or downright awful--was different.

There were problems beyond the band's control. First, the sound quality is excellent, but it desperately needs a remix. Solos come out of nowhere to drown out the rest of the group, only just as quickly to get lost completely in the background.

Second, the former Tampa Stadium was a Death Valley for most live acts. Few, if any, ever returned a second time. The audience was too remote to achieve any intimacy or even decent sound. Above all else, the Dead were uniquely a live act who fed off the vibes from the crowd. I suspect some of Jerry's seeming lost was an attempt to find himself in the stage monitors (or lack of them).

Third was the crowd itself. Playing a concert in a Tampa sports venue is a large-scale equivalent to a gig in a country bar that has a screen to protect the performers from beer bottles and other flying objects. In addition to the incidents mentioned here, it's the only crowd ever heard chanting "bullshit" in unison during a national broadcast of an NFL playoff game. Definitely not your typical Deadhead assembly.

So, let's not mourn Jerry's apparent descent from the heights he took us to in 1974. Although we all wish he'd kicked his habit and taken his diabetes seriously so he'd still be with us, let's instead celebrate the mature work of a unique artist who had the courage to go out still being who he was and still doing what he did best. And, as outkast noted, the other band members who have carried their own work to another audience without him.
Reviewer: Dooly - - September 28, 2005
Subject: My last one.
This was my last show, and it was a little dark to me. The first set was actually my favorite with Visions being played. The second set was eerily dark to me. On Day's, they played so slow that I thought they were gonna lay their instruments down and walk off the stage. Years later, after hearing the show on cd, it sounds better than I remembered.

This was the ONLY Dead show (out of the 22 I saw in my grand 1992-1995 tours) where I was doused in beer from the idiot locals in the stadium...not a normal Dead crowd in there.
Reviewer: outkast - - July 24, 2005
Subject: 8 times
This is buy fr the greatest visions of Johanna ever,They only played it 8 times but this is the best.partly because it is near the end of Jerrys time with us and he hasint sounded this good in a while.This was also my fist Greatful Dead show. I was 15 years old,And I know some of you old Dead heads will say will blah bla blah, they sounded much better on dick do daa dum ,, but fuck you this is a new time for us yunger folks and your comments are pointless this shit is the shit and we will carry the tourch regardless of your comments.Bobbys shit with Ratdog is Great, Phils stuff is Better than ever,so get back on the bus or sit in your coner and bitch. P.S. the 7/8/95 show jerrys second to last show ever has a vissions of johanna that could easily match this, And will probably be considerd buy most the very best and for that I can not argue,after all it is the very last vissions.And it is amazing.
Reviewer: bigboypeete - - June 27, 2005
Subject: days between
i agree with the reviews below regarding days between, it is a dark, beautiful song, no coincidence it had began to be sung by jerry around his final days, that being said i actually agree with shitbrick tito, there are alot of not very good versions and only a couple good ones as far as what ive heard..3 23 95 still stands as what i think is the best days between, anyone git one they think is better post it so i can check it out
Reviewer: touch heads rule - - April 1, 2005
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Reviewer: Tito&Smokey - - March 28, 2005
Subject: Crap
Days between is great.That being said,it was utter shit most of the time.Theres only like 3 good "days betweens" and this aint one.
Reviewer: mellowillow - - March 22, 2005
Subject: Florida delight
What could be better than a day at the beach with some kind bros then dancing the night away out doors in Florida. Almost hoped the space would never end only to get a Days!! PEACE.
Reviewer: Detroitartcentral.com - - March 16, 2005
Subject: Days Between
Not sure how many "Heads" have actually herd days between(probably lots), but to me it is the, How do i put this....
Maby the signing off of jerry,
Noting his own Apocalypse.
definitely one of my favorites.
This is Just my opinion.
Hank
Reviewer: dirty jev-o - - February 13, 2005
Subject: corrina
for all of you rippin on jerry on this night--check out the HARMONIZER solo on corrina----too bad nobody mentioned it--one of his baddest ever! there is magic at every show---don't let 'em fool ya
Reviewer: vic - - February 4, 2005
Subject: I think this one's mine ...
I'm the likely original source for this recording ... I was working as a features designer at the St. Petersburg Times in Tampa Bay at the time and interviewed Mickey Hart on his Library of Congress world music project (I was also the staff Deadhead) -- it was the gamelan music from Bali in particular. The story ran on page one of the Times the day of the show (headline: From a Dead drummer, resurrection), and Dennis McNally (the Dead's publicist) provided me with a couple of passes and great seats. Dennis got in touch a couple of weeks later and wanted me to send Mickey a copy of the article, and I asked him for a tape of the show, not really expecting much. A few weeks later I got the boards, on two TDK SA-X 90 cassettes, presumably off the DAT board masters. I transferred them from a Tascam 322 cassette deck to my Tascam DA-20 DAT machine, and sent them off on a couple of trades and they spread from there. I still have those cassettes somewhere ;-)

This was the last time I saw the Dead (80-something shows from 78 to 95), and my memory of it is clear ... Jerry seemed largely absent musically for a lot of that show, but the band played well. Jerry really checked in for the nice Visions of Johanna, Loose Lucy and Eyes of the World, but there were points during Unbroken Chain and Samba in the Rain where I don't know what he was playing and I'm not sure he did, either ... but such were those last shows.

Great memories ... thanks for posting this one. I'll give it a four for sentimental reasons and sound quality.
Reviewer: DeadheadDan - - January 28, 2005
Subject: Decent show...
...I remember it being really loud in the stadium, which is not a bad thing. Jack Straw>Peggy O to open is always welcome, and the first set Visions was a crown jewel. Promised had the place rocking hard. Second set with some nice selections (Unbroken, Eyes, Sain and Days) but I lost my focus a little when some overdrugged freak behind us fainted and almost died during setbreak...nice way to introduce my wife (then girlfriend) to her first show. Still, she got her favorite---Days Between.
Reviewer: JShields - - January 17, 2005
Subject: Weir stands out
I didn't see any '95 shows but my wife was at this one and she says it's just a blurr and the Black Crows' put a bad taste in her mouth from the start...anyways...after listening to this recording...4 stars for the good recording...4 stars for the band...2 stars for Garcia's playin'. His singing is ok but Weir actually seems to be holding up Garcia at this show...bubbly scales from Garcia...nothing much else...there's some sweet spots but not much magic...Weir steps in a few times and it really helps. Not much else to say...wonder if it's pretty typical for this period...also...Vince's keyboards sound artificial...sure miss the B-3/Brent shows.
NFA is pretty funky...except Garcia's solos...also...who told Weir he could play slide? I have always been perplexed with his choice of using that thing...have only heard him hit it right twice...wonder if Lowell George turned him onto the thing...oh well.
Reviewer: jazzman28 - - September 3, 2004
Subject: Not too Shaby
Final show of Spring 95'... This was one of my favorite shows of the tour. It was a positive strong ending (a lot more than I really expected)... out of order...the Eyes, beautiful Visions were sweet! The Days Between was very emotional for me and I actually remember shedding a tear during the tune... Lets not forget the Unbroken Chain with some new special effects
since I had last seen and heard it in Charlotte a couple of weeks before this show. I was honored to have been present for the last spring tour show the boys ever played-:(

FOR EVERYONE'S INFORMATION: The US BLUES IS INSIDE THE NOT FADE AWAY FILE.

Craig in SF CA.
Reviewer: CIRESTodd - - July 21, 2004
Subject: Where's the U.S. Blues?
This was a rockin' show, with lots of Train-effects, especially in Drums>Space. Certainly not the best of '95, but definitely a good show, although being there may have biased my opinion slightly. Still, my seats were so bad, I might as well have been in the lot. My CM of this show has gotten a lot of mileage though, which only happens to the best of shows. So, I'll give it a 4/5 -- for being a great show, but not the best of '95.

It seems as though the U.S. Blues encore is missing above. I'll download and try to figure out what's up. Anyone know?
Reviewer: Leverkit - - June 4, 2004
Subject: Worth adding to your collection
Good board show! Last time I was able to catch the boys before the end. Always heard when they started to play "Unbroken Chain" the end was near. Excellent 90's "Eyes" to open the second set, good jams throughout, Mickey and Bill do a strange beat in the middle.
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